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Jura Prophecy

Caramel-Peated Jura

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@VictorReview by @Victor

15th Apr 2014

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  • Nose
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  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    20
  • Balance
    21
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Isle of Jura Prophecy is described on its label as "heavily peated with fresh cinnamon and spicy sea spray". Are those literal additives? I do not know, but I suppose that they must be. Many thanks to @WhiskyJoe for giving me the last 1/3 of this reviewed bottle. I do not know how long this bottle has been open. The bottle label states, "Limited Annual Release Year I", which I believe was 2009

Nose: "heavily peated" here translates to moderately peated, by next-island-down-Islay standards. I smell toffee/caramel, malt, yes, a bit of cinnamon, and some background briney/medicinal "spray". I notice strongly that this malt noses much better when not in a long line of strong drinks. Taken on a clean palate this is a nice nose, but it still has markers which suggest artificial doctoring, eg via the addition of caramel, which is most definitely tastable

Taste: the nose flavours are translated to the palate, with additional sweetness, and more pointedness to the peat flavours than in the nose. This is not bad flavour here, but, as with the nose, something just tastes artificial. The toffee/caramel element is a relative detriment to the overall taste

Finish: fades a bit at first, then goes relatively long, ending on a balance of sweet and bitter

Balance: this is a malt to which I was really looking forward. Taken in a line-up of quality peated drams, Prophecy looks like a weak sister, but by itself it is nice enough and certainly has its good points. This bottle seems to get more flavourful with air. If you sample Isle of Jura Prophecy with modest expectations, you can certainly enjoy it. Don't expect fireworks

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6 comments

@hunggar
hunggar commented

"Has its good points... don't expect fireworks." - That's a great slogan for the brand as a whole!

I wasn't very taken with this one either, and its definitely not "heavily peated" by today's standards. With peat in such demand these days and an assortment of CS Islays readily available, I think Jura should reconsider their marketing for this one. In fact... there are quite a few things I think Jura should reconsider. The phrase "unrealized potential" comes to mind.

Thanks for another good one, Victor.

5 years ago 0

@Pandemonium
Pandemonium commented

There are no flavour additives here (except for some E150), the cinnamon and spicy sea spray are just tasting notes provided by the distillery. If they want to market something as a single malt scotch whisky, they are legally forbidden by the SWA to add any flavour additives (apart from E150)

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Pandemonium, yes I suppose SWA would not allow them to call Prophecy "Single Malt Scotch Whisky" if it had actual "fresh cinnamon" or "sea spray" additives. Personally I consider it stupid as hell for them to list "with fresh cinnamon and spicy sea spray" in exactly the same location on the front of the box in which one would list such things if they were actual additives. As for tasting notes, to me 90% of them are bunk.

5 years ago 0

@Pandemonium
Pandemonium commented

@Victor, true, but hey who knows what the difference is between fresh and old cinnamon, or what a "spicy?" sea spray would taste like. A whisky can be fresh and spicy with hints of cinnamon and sea spray, but often reviewers just put words together that may sound nice, but make little to no sense

5 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Victor, you're review sounds promising at first with caramel, sweetness, sea spray, peat and a long finish. But...something artificial is a let down. I'm a bit on the ropes with these Whyte & Mackay distilleries (E150, low alcohol content & chill filtering) and hope a Jura & Dalmore tasting I am attending tomorrow night convinces me otherwise.

5 years ago 0

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